Ten@10: McGarity says UGA hopes to wrap up Columbus investigation by end of week

THE TEN AT 10:

1. It looks like Georgia is getting close to wrapping up its investigation into the eligibility issues facing football player Jarvis Jones and basketball player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Athletic Director Greg McGarity told reporters covering the Metro Atlanta Bulldog Club on Monday that UGA’s internal inquiry could be completed “before the end of this week.”

That’s the good news. The bad news is the Bulldogs will still have to wait for the NCAA to make a ruling. That tends to take a while. Georgia must first turn over its findings to the SEC office, which then forwards it to the NCAA, which will get back to UGA with a ruling after it has thoroughly reviewed the case.

Nevertheless, the Bulldogs remain hopeful the situation will get resolved before the season opener against Boise State on Sept. 3. Last year’s eligibility issues facing wide receiver A.J. Green did not get resolved until the second week of the season.

There is some hope that Jones can maintain his eligibility. According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Tony Adams, the man who paid for two round-trip flights to Los Angeles for Jones and his legal .guardian, Shelley Stephens, had been in a relationship with Stephens for some time. So there may have been a preexisting relationship that made paying for the trip permissible.

2. There has been all kinds of gossip this summer regarding Isaiah Crowell and how he might have be faring during Georgia’s off-season workouts. But nobody can be sure what’s truth or fiction since only players and strength coaches are privy to what goes on. The players, it seems, are very protective of the ballyhooed freshman tailback.

Probably the most enlightening comments on the subject came from quarterback Aaron Murray this past week at SEC Football Media Days. Murray’s remarks lead one to believe that work ethic may have been an issue early on, but that Crowell’s teammates made sure it didn’t persist.

Said Murray: “Oh yeah, we sat him down. One of the first weeks he was here, me, Ben [Jones] and Christian [Robinson] and a couple of other guys went to his dorm, took him outside, talked to him and ran him through some plays. Then we told him, ‘Hey, we’re here for you. We’re going to push you on this and on that but, in the end, we’re going to make sure you’re ready to go.’ He definitely took that well and has been working hard.”

Asked why they may have felt compelled to address Crowell in such a way, Murray said, “We wanted to make sure he knew we’re here for him and anything he wanted, we’re a call away. We’re excited about getting him out there and getting him to learn the playbook.”

Virtually every other report that has come out about Crowell has been glowing. His teammates have raved about the athletic potential Crowell has displayed in 7-on-7 work, pass skel and conditioning workouts.

“Oh, yeah, it’s a lot of talent,” Murray said. “Isaiah has all the speed and quickness in the world.”

Said Jones: “Very quick, very explosive. He can break it and he’s got power, too. I can’t wait to see how he is in pads because I heard he’s ‘The Man.’ I hope he is because there’s going to be some big-play opportunities.”

3. Speaking of summer workouts, the grueling regimen the players have been exposed to under new strength and conditioning coordinator Joe Tereshinski is already the stuff of legend. The Bulldogs have run more than they have in years as Tereshinski’s philosophy is to train to “win the fourth quarter” by being the better conditioned team. This has meant miles and miles of timed running at the crack of dawn and in the heat of the afternoons.

But it appears the players have gotten used to the routine and actually have started to enjoy it.

“It’s amazing how people’s bodies have transformed and how people are getting into shape,” senior cornerback Brandon Boykin said. “Everyday we’re running around the track, doing speed drills, running hills, tires, sleds, everything you can think of. We’re doing it all.”

The highlight of the week is when the players run from Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall down Lumpkin Street to Sanford Stadium and back to the football complex via East Campus Road.

“We do a morning run, usually on Fridays, where we run to the stadium, run through the stadium and then run back,” Boykin said. “It’s pretty nice to run with your team throughout campus. You’ve got your shirt off and girls are looking at you. Everybody wants to be seen and see the hard work they’ve put in. That’s actually something we look forward to on Friday.”

4. Coach Mark Richt has resurrected two-a-days for preseason camp this year. The Bulldogs scrapped them last year but will practice twice on Tuesday, Aug. 9, and again on Saturday, Aug. 13. Richt, following the trend of many teams in college football, scrapped them last year. Richt also said Georgia will hold several full-contact practices.

5. Richt told reporters before Monday’s Bulldog Club gathering that freshman eligibility issues for signees Devin Bowman and Kent Turene are still “up in the air.”

6. Three quotes from Richt at SEC Media Days last week told me there he is definitely re-invigorated for the coming season:

  • On Georgia’s personnel attrition since spring practice: “Some guys have chosen to move on and a couple have gotten a little help from us.”
  • On coming off a 6-7 season: “I know you walk into that Butts-Mehre Building and there’s no sense of doom and gloom in there. There’s only excitement.”
  • On being at Georgia for 11 years: “The best is yet to come.”

7. Recently-graduated UGA All-American Harris English won the Nationwide Tour’s Children’s Hospital Invitational golf tournament on Sunday at the Ohio State Golf Club’s Scarlet Course. English became the third Bulldog to win a Nationwide event this year — joining Russell Henley and Erik Compton — and just the third amateur ever to win on American golf’s No. 2 tour.

English finished at 14-under-par 270. Since English has maintained his amateur status, the $144,000 first-place prize went to the second-place finisher. Earlier this month, English won the Southern Amateur in Palm Harbor, Fla. He also recently was chosen as a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for the second straight year by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

8. This one slipped by me this summer: Ray Lamb, the longtime director of high school relations for Georgia and legendary high school coach, retired last month. I first met Coach Lamb back when he fashioned tiny little Commerce High into a perennial football powerhouse. But I really got to know him on the sidelines of UGA’s Woodruff Practice Fields as he’d share stories about football and life as the Bulldogs’ practices were raged on. Lamb’s sons Hal (Calhoun High) and Bobby (Mercer University) followed him into coaching and now he has grandsons that are playing high school ball. So it seems Ray will still be involved in the game fulltime. UGA’s Loran Smith wrote a nice column about Lamb on georgiadogs.com.

9. Richt is asking for prayers for the 4-year-old daughter of linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti. Kasyn Olivadotti has Leukemia and has been in the hospital for more than a month.

10. THIS & THAT: Here’s a news release from Daktronics Inc. about the new LED scoreboard installed at Sanford Stadium.Morgan Leleux, a pole vaulter from New Iberia, La., who signed with Georgia earlier this year, took the gold medal at Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships in Miramar, Fla., this past weekend. Leleux cleared 13-7 1/4. Next she’ll compete in the USATF National Junior Outdoor Championships on Friday. She’ll enroll at UGA in the fall.

223 comments Add your comment

JYD

July 26th, 2011
10:58 am

"All da Way Turnt Up" not

July 26th, 2011
11:02 am

What about cosmic bowling and midnight swims at the Ramsey center?

the Bear

July 26th, 2011
11:05 am

You mean Richt scrapped two a days last year? What a clown!

Thanks

July 26th, 2011
11:11 am

No doom and gloom here.
Go Dawgs! Ready to see Everybody contribute this year.
Nuff talk, get it done.

DawginLex

July 26th, 2011
11:12 am

We need to be in prayer for Coach Olivadotti and his family. A 4 year old child with Leukemia trumps all this football stuff by a landslide.

True

July 26th, 2011
11:13 am

And all you critical morons can just shut up too.
You know just as little as everyone else. Let ‘em play the games and keep your trap shut.

Your right

July 26th, 2011
11:15 am

Your right DawginLex. And all you idiots remember that the next time you want to put an ENTIRE coaching staff in the unemployment line

Your right

July 26th, 2011
11:17 am

Coaches have families too. Ask Mike Bobo and his “8 is Enough”. Don’t be so quick to fire.
And who is AVAILABLE to replace.
Sometimes you don’t want what you wish for.

Central Georgia Dawg

July 26th, 2011
11:19 am

Kaysyn, You have the prayers of the Bulldawg Nation.

Spanky

July 26th, 2011
11:28 am

When asked about any more eligibility issues earlier, CMR was kinda vague…kind of a “when we know, you’ll know” answer. I guess he was referring to Bowman and Turene. I know they are both new signees, but (assuming they have to take the GMC detour) would they redshirt anyway? Anybody know? Go Dawgs!

HBTD

July 26th, 2011
11:29 am

Chip. Any word on Jonathon Jenkins?

perspective

July 26th, 2011
11:30 am

something smells here…doesn’t seem right to allow the punishment to follow the kids for the actions of their parents, if they were…do you reckon Jone’s parent mentioned to her son the need for money to fly him to L.A. or that Caldwell-Pope’s mom told him she needed help paying her cell phone bill…. you might be inclined to compare this to the Cam Newton scenario, but there is not even a remote resemblance…..and p.s….you reckon USC will be penalized for what the folks in columbus did to help Jarvis Jones fly out to L.A.

Nate the Great

July 26th, 2011
11:31 am

@theBear: spurrier and the NFL scrapped them tis year. Get your head out out of the lelphants a$$ and you might know that. Clown

GeoffDawg

July 26th, 2011
11:33 am

Absolutely DawginLex. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.

osei

July 26th, 2011
11:34 am

DawginLex you are right and my prayer go out to Coach Oliviadotti and his family glad to see Isaiah Crowell doing go but your right HBTD I wonder how Johnathan Jenkins is doing

Dwayne

July 26th, 2011
11:37 am

pass me another glass of that kool aide. any blog would be boring if everyone on it agreed. nothing wrong with having a different opinion than yours or the majority.
I’d love for the Gawgs to win the east, probably wont happen tho.
I’d love for UGA to beat Fl. not likely.
Pretty sure we beat the stingerless buzz kills….again.
Dont worry about finding coach’s to replace the ones we have now. Weren’t UGA looking when they found the ones they have now?
I’m sure people were asking “Mark Richt? Really? when he was hired.

DawginLex

July 26th, 2011
11:37 am

SC QB coach got arrested for urinating on the street and he had a smell of alcohol on him!!!!

Well, at least we know where Garcia learned it from.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

getthepicturenow

July 26th, 2011
11:38 am

great work as always chip. thank you.

@ the bear

July 26th, 2011
11:38 am

the clown is 3-1 vs bama.

Tobias Funke

July 26th, 2011
11:42 am

Please learn how to spell “You’re.”

osei

July 26th, 2011
11:43 am

Alabama | MrSEC.com

July 26th, 2011
11:47 am

[...] with his players’ off-field issues this year.4.  Aaron Murray says he and some teammates plan to push freshman tailback Isaiah Crowell.5.  South Carolina is in the middle of several major construction projects.6.  But AD Eric Hyman [...]

BigGAdawg

July 26th, 2011
11:47 am

@Your right

July 26th, 2011
11:17 am

Yep, everytime I hear some idiot calling for Richt to be fired I think of two things: I first assume they are not a Bulldog fan (nothing our enemies would like more than to see him gone,)or at best have no more connection to UGA and it’s football program than the hat they bought at Wally-world. (And certainly they could not coach their own way out of a wet paper bag yet they think they have an opinion that matters regarding this. Whereas CMR has been at his profession at top level teams for 25 years.)

The second thing that comes to mind is Tennessee and Coach Fulmer. Wonder how many TN fans rue the day they called for his head. Look who they got to replace him and what it has done to their program. TN fans put aside the great record he had there when he had a couple of off years.

If CMR were fired I bet 50 schools would be calling him the first week. And I cannot think of anyone that I would choose ahead of him as a replacement.

Everyone needs to remember that our expectations can be so high because CMR has set the bar so high in the first place.

D as in DAWG

July 26th, 2011
11:48 am

I think this team will look night and day different than last years team.

just another handout..

July 26th, 2011
11:52 am

@perspective…these parents live their whole life on handouts and pass those same traits to the next generation..viscious cycle that each generation expects as an entitlement. They don’t know up from down, right from wrong. They get news from MTV, and think “reality” tv is real. Most normal, productive citizens wouldn’t even know how or where to sign up for welfare, but these idiots that keep birthing babies do as if it’s second nature.

Notso Fast

July 26th, 2011
11:52 am

You know , Aaron Murray maybe just what the Dogs need as a leader to finally live up to their potential.

B.B.

July 26th, 2011
11:58 am

@AL fans…the Teflon Redneck, otherwise known as some idiot nicknamed bear, isn’t coming back..And Saban is about on schedule to walk away soon.

shankit

July 26th, 2011
12:04 pm

Maybe Saban can join Tressel and open up a
sports memorabilia store in a mall somewhere.

How Bout Them Dawgs

July 26th, 2011
12:06 pm

Murray is going to be a great leader for this team, Rev. Ray Drew will also step up as a freshman into a vocal leader role.

I have to say taking the time to talk to IC was a class act by those guys. Help take some things off of IC’s mind so he can focus on football. Murray will end up being the best QB UGA has every had.

How Bout Them Dawgs

July 26th, 2011
12:07 pm

ever not every

How Bout Them Dawgs

July 26th, 2011
12:10 pm

Leave Richt alone by the way, its Bobo that calls the plays that cost us games.

Granted Richt should have taken that back over a while ago or told Bobo “hey you know it is ok to pass on 3rd and 20″ or ” hey I know its nice to run the same plays on the same downs so the fans know what we are running, but I think the other teams are catching on too”

AltamahaDawg

July 26th, 2011
12:14 pm

That 2-a-day thing sure has got a lot of coverage for such a non-story. They only had three scheduled last year, and decided it better to use a scheduling option allowed by the NCAA to get more actual days of practice and instruction time for the new defense. Then they ended up having one anyway, so it was a pretty nothing story back then. BUT now it’s all back. Going to bring back the 2-a-day. All both of them.

McDawg

July 26th, 2011
12:15 pm

we need Turene on campus

seemed like unsure w/ coaching changes-not sure we will keep him if he has to go to JC

JB

July 26th, 2011
12:16 pm

LMAO…. you can’t make this stuff up. Garcia’s position coach at Carolina arrested in Greenville, SC, Drunk and urinating in public……I’m sure Spurrier will not do anything….You know winning is more important than what’s right and representing the University…….. Still laughing….Like QB like coach I guess……

dawg from a distance

July 26th, 2011
12:17 pm

Praying for Kasyn

Thanks for the updates. Great article full of info

B.B.

July 26th, 2011
12:17 pm

Mike Bobo is one of our coaches with large family.
Coach Olividatti has sick child.
There are some major human elements that go along with firing coaches.
Do unto others….
Have you ever wished yourself to be fired and how that would affect your family? Didn’t think so.

AltamahaDawg

July 26th, 2011
12:19 pm

The QB coach at SC is “basically a nice guy”.

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July 26th, 2011
12:23 pm

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How Bout Them Dawgs

July 26th, 2011
12:24 pm

Thats the nature of the job they have chosen. You must produce to get paid and keep your job.

Bobo hasnt produced and is the most predictable play caller in college football. I would feel for him and his family if and when he is let go, but they have given him a few years to straighten it out, and nothing has changed.

How Bout Them Dawgs

July 26th, 2011
12:27 pm

It would be like not firing your least productive worker bc he has a big family. Thats not how the world works B.B.

We didnt make him choose this career path, he could have tried his hand at announcing or commentating or something else. And as is the nature of this job, produce or move along so someone else can try.

B.B.

July 26th, 2011
12:27 pm

UGA’s coaches aren’t going out breaking laws.
They’re pretty much trying to lead by example on how to live life properly.
Not all kids grasp that, but all adults should.
And all adults should not be so quick to fire.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 26th, 2011
12:27 pm

Thoughts with the Olivadatti’s and the fight with Leukemia. My cousin who will be 11 this Sunday was diagnosed last October. He has bravely fought through it with the love and support of his parents and family. Words cannot express the feeling you get when that diagnosed is given. My thoughts and prayers are with him.

How Bout Them Dawgs

July 26th, 2011
12:29 pm

And if you cant draw up 10 + plays a game for a tight end built like a receiver, then something is obviously wrong. Orsen should have been the main target when green was out and should have been the number 2 when green was back instead he was like 3rd or 4th option all year. That wont win us games.

VA DAWG

July 26th, 2011
12:29 pm

Praying for the Olivadotti family.

AltamahaDawg

July 26th, 2011
12:30 pm

in ALL of college football huh?

How Bout Them Dawgs

July 26th, 2011
12:31 pm

Its not quick to fire. Maybe just a demotion back to QB coach. That is where he belongs. Richt needs to take the play calling duty back or hire someone that can bring some life to our offense.

B.B.

July 26th, 2011
12:32 pm

Quick to fire without clue as to who is BETTER and AVAILABLE to hire at thios time?
Want Mason back for more than a week?
Or Dick Sheridan, or George Haffner. They were on a wish list at some time years ago between coaches.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

July 26th, 2011
12:34 pm

Also we need to remember how we got tired of CMR calling plays and at one pointed wanted Bobo to take over those duty’s. Some people you just cannot make happy.

Emptyskull

July 26th, 2011
12:35 pm

Thanks for the info. As in the case of a bad play or game, I think they must put last year in the rearview. And concentrate on this season, the next game.

How Bout Them Dawgs

July 26th, 2011
12:35 pm

I guarentee there is someone more qualified and better than Bobo at play calling available after this season.